I’m currently writing a paper on musicians who use instruments like Eurorack and Open-Source stuff that guarantee some level customizability. This customizability can be from the musician (purchasing different modules, substantially editing an instrument’s behavior) or from a builder/creator (DIY modules that are meant for Eurorack standard, developing scripts for Norns, developing modules for VCV Rack or even making derivative software from open source stuff).
Also, I consider these tools instruments because of the amount of “playability” they offer compared other tools like the DAW. I think the playability factor is a big one when considering if a musical tool is an instrument or not.
I’m calling this phenomenon “platform based musicianship” since the musician relies on a platform of standardizations in order for them or other builders to contribute to it.(Eurorack’s panel size and power specifications, the hardware and software of Norns, etc).
A huge question I have is how these platform based instruments affect the music that is created. I only have my experiences to draw from, so I thought I’d pose the question to you all. How do these platform instruments affect your music? Do you write music differently when you have a platform of sound tools/instruments centered around one device like Eurorack or Norns? Do you approach music differently with the notion that you can change your instrument’s characteristics fairly easily?
Also, what genre of music do you all generally write? Are platform instruments disposed to certain genres?